Gardeners’ Top Picks August 2020

Stokesia 'Peachies Pick'

Gardeners' Top Picks August 2020

There is so much to see in the gardens this month! Check out our garden team’s top plant picks for August. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Silphium asteriscusCH-14

Rosinweed (Silphium asteriscus)

Bloom Time: July – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies, bees, & songbirds

Tolerates: Drought & Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Indigenous people used the sap of rosinweed to make a chewing gum.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Verbena bonariensis Wills

Purple Top Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)

Bloom Time: June – Frost

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies & goldfinch

Tolerates: Poor soils

Native to North America: No

Other: Will self seed and naturalize in warmer climates.

Zones: 7 – 11

Location: Wills Perennial Garden / Front Lawn at Sapphire Star

Quercus gregii 'La Siberia' Literary

Mexican Oak (Quercus greggii ‘La Siberia’)

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Deer resistant

Tolerates: Clay & drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: New leaves are fuzzy and crinkly. ‘La Siberia’ is a town located near the High Mexican Valley.

Zones: 7 – 11

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' BU

Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ )

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Deer resistant

Tolerates: Shade

Native to North America: No

Other: ‘Aureola’ is a gold-striped variety.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Burr Terrace Garden

Cotinus coggygria 'Purple Smoke'

Smokebush (Cotinus coggyria ‘Purple Smoke’)

Bloom Time: May – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Deer resistant

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: No

Other: Foliage color is various shades of purple throughout growing season / Excellent fall color as well

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Bradford Robertson Color Garden: Arches

Helenium autumnale 'Mariachi Salsa'

Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale ‘Mariachi Salsa’ )

Bloom Time: July – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Rabbits & deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Use as a front border for aesthetic reasons and to deter rabbits.

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Howe Garden

Stokesia 'Peachies Pick'

Stoke’s Aster (Stokesia laevis ‘Peachie’s Pick’)

Bloom Time: June – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies & bees

Tolerates: Drought & heat

Native to North America: Yes

Other: If deadheaded consistently, this plant will rebloom in the fall.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Hesperole Literary

Red Yucca (Hesperole parviflora)

Bloom Time: July – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry

Wildlife: Hummingbirds & butterflies

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Excellent rock garden plant and a favorite of hummingbirds!

Zones: 5 – 10

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden


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